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59 Aurigae

Altitude: 19.4°   Azimuth: 308.7°   Direction: North-West

59 Aurigae is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Auriga.

59 Aurigae visual magnitude is 6.12. Because of its reltive faintness, 59 Aurigae should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 59 Aurigae:


59 Aurigae is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 19.4°
Azimuth: 308.7°
Direction: North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 59 Aurigae

59 Aurigae is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 59 Aurigae are provided in the following table:

06h 53m 01s
+38° 52’ 09”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 59 Aurigae in the sky:

Finder chart 59 Aurigae star
Simplified finder chart for 59 Aurigae.

Visibility of 59 Aurigae from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

59 Aurigae is circumpolar and transits at 06:21 UTC (altitude: 77.4°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 59 Aurigae

The image below is a photograph of 59 Aurigae from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 59 Aurigae is 0.005 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.008 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 59 Aurigae star
DSS2 image of 59 Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of 59 Aurigae during the next 100000 years (8.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 13.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 59 Aurigae from the Sun and relative movement

59 Aurigae is distant 530.08 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 1 kilometers per second.

162.60 pc
530.08 ly
1 km/s
0.005 arcsec/year
0.008 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 59 Aurigae

59 Aurigae belongs to spectral class F2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 59 Aurigae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 59 Aurigae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

59 Aurigae star system properties

59 Aurigae is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 59 Aurigae double sysyem:

22.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of 59 Aurigae